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October 14, 2013

Opponent Week in Review

Temple (0-6): L 38-20 at Cincinnati
AP ranking: N/A
This week: vs. Army

Temple sent quarterback Connor Reilly to the bench Saturday, instead starting freshman P.J. Walker. Reilly threw for 228 yards and ran for 65 more against Notre Dame. Against Cincinnati, Walker managed 200 yards and two touchdowns through the air, as well as 47 rushing yards.

In his first career start, Walker was unable to lead the Owls to a victory, although the Temple defense didn't do him any favors. The Owls gave up 475 total yards with 205 coming on the ground. Walker will get another chance this week against the Cadets.

Michigan (5-1): L 43-40 (4OT) at Penn State
AP ranking: Fell from No. 18 to be the leader among others receiving votes
This week: vs. Indiana

Michigan and Penn State treated the country to Saturday's most-dramatic game, if not the best-played. Combined, they missed five field goals, and that played a big part in the contest extending to four overtimes.

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns, but also added two costly interceptions, both leading to Nittany Lion touchdowns.

Purdue (1-5): L 44-7 vs. Nebraska
AP ranking: N/A
This week: at Michigan State

Purdue remained winless against FBS-level teams this season. In his first career start, quarterback Danny Etling completed 14-of-32 passes for 184 yards, throwing both a touchdown and an interception. Meanwhile, quarterback-turned-safety Rob Henry recorded two tackles in his new role on defense.

The real onus for Purdue's struggles lies with the defense, as Nebraska racked up 251 rushing yards.

Michigan State (5-1): W 42-28 vs. Indiana
AP ranking: Rose in the others receiving votes category, now sitting at the equivalent of No. 28
This week: vs. Purdue

Only three defenses have given up less than four yards per play this season. Virginia Tech and Louisville have allowed 3.97 and 3.98 yards per play, respectively, while Michigan State holds its opponents to a measly 3.56 yards.

Indiana raised that average significantly, becoming the first team to gain more than 300 yards against the Spartans. The Hoosiers finished with 351 total yards. Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford made sure the Hoosiers' offensive explosion was not enough by running for three touchdowns and 109 yards.

Oklahoma (5-1): L 36-20 vs. Texas in Dallas
AP ranking: Drops to No. 18 from No. 12 a week ago
This week: at Kansas

Oklahoma suffered its first loss of the season as Texas jumped out to a 20-3 lead in the first half and kept the Sooners at a distance the entire afternoon. Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell completed only 12 passes for 133 yards, throwing two interceptions and no touchdowns.

Bob Stoops will have a hard time finding any bright spots from Saturday's loss. No Sooner ran for more than 35 yards, and the defense allowed 445 total yards.

Arizona State (4-2): W 54-13 vs. Colorado
AP ranking: Arizona State continues to receive votes, though only seven points worth this week.
This week: vs. Washington

Arizona State returned to its winning ways with a good old-fashioned rout. The Sun Devils led 25-0 by the end of the opening quarter and 47-6 at halftime. Quarterback Taylor Kelly completed only nine passes, but they went for 233 yards and two touchdowns.

Arizona State gained 532 total yards and forced four turnovers.

USC (4-2): W 38-31 vs. Arizona on Oct. 10
AP ranking: N/A
This week: at Notre Dame

In interim head coach Ed Orgeron's debut, the Trojans jumped out a 28-3 lead in the first half. As well as USC played at the start, its defense gave up two fourth-quarter touchdowns to allow Arizona a late shot at victory. The Wildcats threw for 363 yards and gained 508 total yards.

Air Force (1-6): L 27-20 vs. San Diego State
AP ranking: N/A
This week: Bye; host Notre Dame on Oct. 26

Air Force looked poised for its first win against an FBS-level team, leading 20-6 heading into the fourth quarter, before San Diego State scored three unanswered touchdowns. Arizona State held the Falcons to their second-lowest rushing total of the season -- 169 yards and 3.4 yards per carry.

Navy (3-2): L 35-7 at Duke
AP ranking: N/A
This week: at Toledo

Navy's season is difficult to generalize. The Midshipmen have topped Indiana and Air Force, and fallen to Western Kentucky and Duke. In the defeat to the Blue Devils, Navy only had the ball for 25:11.

Navy tied the game in the second quarter before Duke tallied 28 unanswered points.

Pittsburgh (3-2): L 19-9 at Virginia Tech
AP ranking: N/A
This week: vs. Old Dominion

This game wasn't as close as the score indicates, as Pittsburgh's only touchdown came with two minutes remaining, courtesy of a nine-yard Tom Savage run. Savage threw for 187 yards and avoided any turnovers, but Virginia Tech's defense shut the Panthers down as a whole.

BYU (4-2): W 38-20 vs. Georgia Tech
AP ranking: N/A
This week: at Houston

Despite only having the ball for 23 minutes Saturday, BYU gained 433 yards against the Yellow Jackets. Quarterback Taysom Hill paced the Cougars with 244 yards and a touchdown through the air and 65 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Stanford (5-1): L 27-21 at Utah
AP ranking: Fell from No. 5 to No. 13
This week: vs. No. 9 UCLA

Stanford suffered its first loss in its last 13 games since falling to Notre Dame a year ago this past Sunday. The Cardinal nearly came back from a two-touchdown, fourth-quarter deficit, but Utah held, much like the Irish did a year ago.

Stanford's offense had little trouble moving the ball, but two lost fumbles stifled critical drives. Meanwhile, the Utes gained 410 total yards and notched 21 first downs.

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